Pioneer Rodeo keeps ‘em coming

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Fast facts What: 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Where: Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena Tickets: $10-12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop; $12-14 at gate With 35 years of continuity behind it, the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo could have just about anyone in the […]

Clovis sweeps Shallowater

CNJ staff SHALLOWATER, Texas — Parker Wood collected five hits, including a two-run homer run and two doubles, leading Clovis past Shallowater 7-4, 12-3 Tuesday in a summer baseball doubleheader. Andrew Gilliard added pair of hits for Clovis in the opener. Jonathan Ware, Cade Wheeler and Wood combined to limit Shallowater to five hits. Clovis […]

Longtime commissioner paved way for street project

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Isidro Garcia has represented southeastern Clovis — District 2 — for more than 19 years. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Inside the stucco home Isidro Garcia built is a wall that tells of his service as a city commissioner. More than a dozen certificates hang there, inches away from color […]

Local speller eyes spot on TV

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Lucas Donaldson is traveling more than 1,500 miles to spell words most people can’t pronounce. The Zia Elementary student, who begins sixth grade in the fall, will compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee beginning today in Washington, D.C. Donaldson said he would be studying late Tuesday in […]

Candidates concerned by missing campaign signs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Missing election signs have at least one local candidate hot under the collar. County probate judge hopeful Gloria Wicker is upset that a 4-foot-by-4-foot sign turned up missing Monday. The sign, located at the intersection of Main and Mitchell streets, cost $50 and took tremendous effort to place, she […]

Candidate profile: Joe Carraro

State Sen. Joe Carraro, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate State Sen. Joe Carraro of Albuquerque is campaigning for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against Allen Wilson McCulloch and David Pfeffer. The position is currently held by Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is seeking re-election. Carraro was elected a state senator in 1985. He has attended […]

Retired teacher to embark on 37-day motorcycle trek

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Retired math teacher Darryl Petrak has always had an affinity for numbers and making them mean something. This summer is an extension of that, played out in a big trip on a little motorcycle to benefit charities in Quay and Roosevelt counties. Petrak is getting set to travel the Rebel […]

Former senator’s death ends classic success story

Freedom Newspapers With the passing of former U.S. senator and Treasury Secretary Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. last week, the nation lost someone who was influential on the political stage for more than two decades. As a native of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, however, Bentsen represented something greater than that. The story of Lloyd […]

Freedom’s definition sets government’s role

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist So you think this column is motivated by my vested interest in having philosophy taken seriously? OK, that’s part of it. But then, so what? Some things are in my interest, and this alone would suffice to justify championing them. In this case there is also the fact that all […]

Too much keeping quiet going around

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist They could have just shut up. That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice … not ready to back down … still […]